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Dark Tuesday Fun

If you’ve come to Saratoga to watch history making thoroughbred racing, there is still plenty to do on Dark Day when there is no racing.

Head to a museum around the county and learn about the history of horse racing, dance, automobiles, New York State military, bottles, plus local and state history and so much more.  The Children’s Museum of Saratoga Springs also has fun for the little ones or take in some art at The Tang Museum at Skidmore. Outdoor recreation is abundant with state, national and local parks with hundreds of miles of nature trails and paths for biking, walking or hiking.  Saratoga also has lakes and creeks for water fun, kayaking, canoeing, fishing or just swimming. Hit the links at area golf courses, as Golf Digest has recognized Saratoga County as one of the best places to play golf.

Enjoy a spa day full of relaxation and pampering or head downtown for some retail therapy at dozens of specialty shops. Grab a bite to eat at some of the best eateries and just stroll around town admiring the architecture, tasting the natural springs that made us famous or head to the Beekman Street Art District for that one-of-a-kind unique art piece. There is something for everyone.

Here are some events that are held specifically on Dark Day during the month of August:

Summer in Saratoga Craft Show in Congress Park
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
24th Annual Arts & Crafts Marketplace with up to 40 vendors with 100's of crafted items. Takes place rain or shine every Tuesday during racing season.

Yaddo Garden Tours
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Garden tours only include the gardens and sharing the history of the Trask family, the mansion and the history of the Yaddo Gardens.  The aura, spirituality and creative energy that permeates Yaddo is discussed. Docent-led tours begin at 11:00am, Saturdays and Sundays, June 13th, 2015 through September 6th,2015 and Tuesdays during the racing season (no tour on Travers Day).  We meet at the main fountain near the entrance gate to the garden. Tours last about one hour. Cost is $10.00 per person.  Private docent-led garden tours maybe arranged at a date and time Convenient to a group.  For more information, contact Yaddo at 518-584-0746 or

Noontime August Music Series, Saratoga National Historical Park
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The track is closed but music echoes through the Hudson River Valley.  Bring a bag lunch and enjoy the views while listening to concerts at noon every Tuesday.  Sponsored by Friends of Saratoga Battlefield.

Saratoga Dinner Trains, Saratoga & North Creek Railway
Departs 6:30 PM from Saratoga Springs Train Station
Want a romantic and unique dining experience on “Dark Tuesdays” in Saratoga?   Come ride the Saratoga Dinner Trains.  With departures each Tuesday during Track season, this train offers amazing sunset views of the upper Hudson River and 4-course gourmet meals, all from the comfort of SNCR’s vintage Dome cars.  Offering full bar service and new menus each week, the Saratoga Dinner Trains offer the best seats in Saratoga.

Summer Concert Series in Congress Park
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Head to Congress Park during the month of August for the Congress Park Summer Concert Series!

Live Harness Racing at Saratoga Casino & Raceway
Post time 7:05 PM
The 74th racing season continues this August with live action Tuesday through Saturday with first post time at 7:05pm. Noted as one of the most beautiful half-mile tracks in the country. Grab a bite to eat at one of their eateries or enjoy the gaming floor with over 1,700 slot machines.

For a complete list of community events, check out our Events Calendar.


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